Perched at 1,312 feet, Bricco delle Viole overlooks the rolling landscape of Barolo. The altitude and the white calcareous marl soils force the vines to struggle – this in combination with the long growing season, produces wines of complexity and elegance. Fruit harvested from the oldest vines in the parcel was fermented for 30-40 days before aging in large Slavonian oak casks for 42-48 months.
Elegant and subtle notes of orange, violet and dark berries precede a richly layered palate. This wine will take time to develop, but it's already showing nice initial roundness in the front palate. The finish features well-integrated tannins that hint at the richness and harmony that will come with proper cellaring and age.
Enticing aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, iron and menthol are folded harmoniously into the lush texture and broad tannins of this long and vibrant red, with licorice, mineral and tobacco elements lingering. Best from 2022 through 2040. 1,200 cases made. - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 Points
The flagship Barolo Bricco delle Viole is quite understated and gracious in 2015. Medium in body, with the persistent tannins that are so typical of this site, the 2015 is lithe, focused and full of energy. The warm vintage notwithstanding, in 2015, Vajra’s Bricco delle Viole is distinctly sinewy and tense. It will offer considerable appeal to readers who find some of the other 2015 Barolos too open and giving in their youthful stage. Kirsch, rose petal, mint and chalky notes build into a finely cut finish. Time in the glass softens some of the youthful, austere contours, but this remains a 2015 Barolo that needs time in bottle to be at its very best. - Vinous Media 93 Points
Aldo Vajra’s best-known Barolo comes from vineyards at an elevation of 420m, which may explain its elegance, together with Vajra’s skill and experience over many decades. The nose is discreet but lifted, with aromas of raspberries, redcurrants and mint. The attack has splendid zest and good acidity, while the fine-grained tannins also contribute elegance. Textured, with a long and spicy finish. Vajra’s Ravera bottling is equally fine. - Decanter Magazine 92 Points